• The Post Summer Show

    The Post-Summer Show

    Fine Art Complex 1101

    Opening Reception:Saturday Oct, 12, 2019.

    Exhibition runs:Oct 12- November 2

    Artists in the show: Caroline Estelle, Megan Johnson, Abbey Messmer, Kendra Sollars, and Kenzie Wells. 

    The Post-Summer show is about the way we perceive bodies, about their relation to the environment, and about the distortion of perception that can happen when body and space merge. If summer is always thought of as a season, then the Post-Summer Show looks at how it also functions as a social actor in the cultural imaginary. If summer is a space when bodies feel set free in open congress, then the Post-Summer Show examines where idealized realities and lived experience coalesce. If summer brings an opportunity for more group functions, then the Post-Summer show is equally invested in exploring the display of social mores and psychological states. If summer is a state that is often forgotten when the school year starts and adulthood supersedes the wild abandon of youth, then the Post-Summer Show takes a sideways view at where memory and nostalgia merge.

    Afterall, summer isn’t just the moment when we lose ourselves to journeys in the landscape, but it is also the time when we get more in touch with our surroundings. Here in Arizona, summer marks a period when we feel the heat as a palpable force rather than it just being ‘the weather’; summer marks an increasingly long stretch of time each season when discussing a few more degrees of difference, up or down the thermometer, becomes something of a rhetorical greeting among locals; and summer is that period of time when we lament climate change more intensely than the rest of the year while we breathe a welcome sigh of collective relief at seasons end. When summer comes to Arizona, the rich leave, and when summer passes, the wealthy migrate back as our seasonal ‘snowbirds’. For all of the above reasons, we can say that Summer has socio-economic implications along with environmental, psychological and personal consequences and none of this is lost on the works in The Post-Summer Show.

    Summer also effects exhibition practices in the gallery world as “summer shows” tend to happen as year-end round-ups of what’s left lying around in the back room; as the annual group show of who’s represented by the gallery; or as a sample platter of the artists who will be in the line-up come Fall. In this regard, The Post-Summer Show is not your regular art gallery offering but it brings together 5 of the most important artists working in the Valley today who are investigating the themes of summertime as a way to better understanding the world around us. The Post-Summer Show is not just another look at “water themed art” that hopes to draw in the crowds by means of psychological comfort. Rather, The Post-Summer Show takes seriously the proposition of physiological discomfort, dialogic methods of display and the ongoing conversation about what summertime means to us as both a season and sign of the times.

    About the Artists in the Show: 

    Abbey Messmer’s paintings of figures swimming, sinking and subverting gravity in watery environments act as metaphors for the unconscious, where water is often portrayed in rich undulating hues and the subject becomes one with the play of surface reflections. Caroline Estelle’s work examines the rhetorical devices of how the body is pictured for the gaze while subverting the expectations of strict realism by playing with uneasy baroque elongations, high key contrasts, and a compositional sensibility that make the familiar seem uncanny. Megan Johnson provides us with a look into the landscape, where her works evoke states of being as much as a sense of place; where the passages of time is haunted by the suggestion of narrative; and where sweeping painterly affects and a realistic sense of place make painting into a fully immersive experience. Kendra Sollars multi-media work is grounded in examining the interconnected nature of figure and environment, where the synchronic effects of space and the synchronous movement of bodies open onto thinking about time-based concerns in the expanded field. Kenzie Wells work helps us to see how episodic habitation and the transformation of everyday objects can open up new experiences in perception, new relations between the known and the unknown, and counter-intuitive readings of the domestic and the designed.

  • Alptraum: The Wandering Show

    Alptraum: The Wandering Show 

    Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21st, 7-10pm. 

    Curated by Marcus Sendlinger with Grant Vetter and Rembrandt Quiballo (this edition)

    The title of the wandering exhibition was inspired by the paintings of the Swiss artist Johann- Heinrich Füssli (1741 Zurich - 1825 London) who painted different versions of an "Incubus“ (Nachtmahr). He made the world of dreams and visions subject of his paintings which were inspired by ghost stories. Conceived and put together by Marcus Sendlinger, The Wandering exhibition or "Alptraum“ has been travelling through the world since 2010 and connects artists from all over the world, reflecting on artistic, social and cultural circumstances that are concerned with the theme of "The Nightmares." The mediums in the show include drawing, collage, photography and works on paper and the artists invited to contribute to this exhibition have been asked only to submit a work which has their direct hand in it, so that physical contact and mark making on the surface of the material is implied in a manner that is akin to the skrier, an ‘automatic writer’, a pyromancer’s stirring of the hot embers, or an ectoplasmic medium, where the hand that re-creates the subconscious wanderings of its owner. 

    This naturally excludes many types of processes, but rather than excluding artists because their process prevents them from physical contact with their final piece, the artists invited to contribute have simply been asked to experiment within the pre-requisits of the theme. This offers them the opportunity to break the mould of their practice and try something slightly new, or indeed, old but discarded. Like George Orwell’s Room 101, in his predictive tale, ‘1984’, we all have our own version of what constitutes a nightmare, and for this reason, the project has been opened to a large number of artists whose nightmare versions, or visions, act to reflect different states associated with human fears and fobias, pain and panic. Alptraum is an artist led project. It is a model which utilizes global communication between localized artist hubs and clusters to form an international grouping with the intent of opening a dialog about this subject across borders and cultures in order to delve into the murkiest parts of the collective mind or to further explore the random, idiosyncratic and specific interpretations ‘The Nightmarish’ experince. As such, Each artist draws on their own internal world in order to visualize those anxieties which take them beyond the realm of everyday dreams. 

    Artists in the Show

    Sammie Aasen (AZ) | Merryn Alaka (AZ) | James Angel (AZ) | Malena Barnhart (AZ) | Joe Brklacich (AZ) | Rowan Burkam (AZ) | Jeff Chabot (AZ) | Ashley Czajkowski (AZ) | Bill Dambrova (AZ) | Blaise Danio (AZ) | | Jeff Davis (AZ) | Swapna Das (AZ) | Renée Dennison (AZ) | Cam DeCaussin (AZ) | Fausto Fernandez (AZ) | Louise Fischer (CA) | Sam Fresquez (AZ) | Dani Godreau (AZ) | Josh Haunschild (AZ) | Ize (AZ) | Eric Kasper (AZ) | Erin Kuhn (AZ) | Lena Klett (AZ) | Thomas Knight (AZ) | Amber Linkey (AZ) |  Larry Madrigal (AZ) | Julia Martin (AZ) | Misha Mayr (AZ) | Abbey Messmer (AZ) | Emily Ritter (AZ) | Ethan Roads (AZ) | Justin Rodier (AZ) | Cole Seefus (AZ) | Tara Sharpe (AZ) | Madison Stratford (AZ) | Chris Vena (AZ) | Hannah Walsh (AZ) |  Jonathan Wright (US) | Yuko Yabuki (AZ) | Lisa Zirbel (AZ) 

    Pio Abad (Philippines) | Christian Achenbach (Germany) | Sanell Aggenbach (South Africa) | Minor Alexander (Russia) | Sonja Alhäuser (Germany) | Li Alin (Canada) | Pablo Alonso (Germany-Spain) | Deniz Alt (Germany) | Axel Anklam (Germany) | Nina Ansari (Iran) | Salvatore Arancio (Italy) | Marco Arce (México) | Laura Baginski (Germany) | Alexandra Baumgartner (Austria) | Matthias Beckmann (Germany) | Boris Beja (Slovenia) | Viktor Bernik (Slovenia) | Zander Blom (South Africa) | Armin Boehm (Germany) | Sascha Boldt (Germany) | Jan-Henri Booyens (South Africa) | Wim Botha (South Africa) | Lutz Braun (Germany) | Laura Bruce (U.S.A.) | Joanna Buchowska (Poland) | Jessica Buhlmann (Germany) | Stuart Cairns (United Kingdom) | Mimmo Catania (Italy) | Il-Jin Atem Choi | Nenad Cizl (Slovenia) | Ben Cottrell (United Kingdom) | Christoph Dahlhausen (Germany) | Ismael de Anda (USA) | Eric Decastro (France) | Mandakini Devi (India) | Kedar Dk Dhondu (India) | Jos Diegel (Germany) | Ulrich Diezman (Germany) | Stefan Draschan (Austria) | Thomas Draschan (Austria) | Sven Drühl (Germany) | Peter Duka (Germany) | Martin Durazo (U.S.A.) | Arian Dylan (México) | Nils Daniel Ebert (Germany) | Elisophie Eulenburg (Austria) | Patricia Eustaquio (Philippines) | Mina Fina (Slovenia) | Bettina Forget (Canada) | Heiner Franzen (Germany) | Jonathan Garnham (South Africa) | Andrew Gilbert (United Kingdom) | Saúl Gómez (México) | Samuel Grajfoner (Slovenia) | Georgina Gratrix (South Africa) | Liza Grobler (South Africa) | Ian Grose (South Africa ) | Jayant Gupta (India) | Fernanda Guzmán (Chile) | Konstanze Habermann (Germany) | Margarete Hahner (Germany) | Hannah Hallermann (Germany) | Florian Heinke (Germany) | Trasi Henen (South Africa) | Lori Hersberger (Switzerland) | Gregor Hildebrandt (Germany) | Stefan Hirsig (Germany) | Jim Holyoak (Canada) | Robert Horvath (U.S.A.) | Johannes Hueppi (Germany) | Thaddaeus Hueppi (Germany) | Rocio Infestas (Chile) | Aska Irie (Japan) | Ichiro Irie (U.S.A.) | Adam Jankowski (Austria) | Birgit Jensen (Germany) | Megha Joshi (India) | Susanne Jung (Germany) | Lisa Junghanss (Germany) | Katharina Kakar | Isabel Kerkermeier (Germany) | Gabriele Konsor (Germany) | Clemens Krauss (Austria) | Edgar Leciejewski (Germany) | Xenia Lesniewski (Germany) | Joep van Liefland (The Netherlands) | Catherine Lorent (Luxembourg) | René Luckhardt (Germany) | Lilly Lulay (Germany) | Polona Maher (Slovenia) | Jörg Mandernach (Germany) | Sandra Mann (Germany) | Stefan Mannel (Germany) | Cécile Martin (Canada) | Nomthunzi Mashalaba (South Africa) | Sandra Meisel (Germany) | Kalidas Mhamal (India) | Rebecca Michaelis (Germany) | Midhun Mohan (India) | Ekaterina Mitichkina (Belarus) | Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa) | Lillian Morrissey (Australia) | Virginie Mossé (France) | Jan Muche (Germany) | Iris Musolf (Germany) | Elena Muti (Italy) | Viraj Naik (India) | Robyn Nesbitt (South Africa) | Wolfgang Neumann (Germany) | Rainer Neumeier (Germany) | Nik Nowak (Germany) | Mario Nubauer (Austria) | Enda O`Donoghue (Ireland) | Jennifer Oellerich (Germany) | Beatrix Opolka (Germany) | Alex Ortiz (Canada) | Justine Otto (Germany) | Max Presneill (U.S.A.) | Manfred Peckl (Austria) | Mick Peter (Germany) | Christian Pilz (Germany) | Mark Požlep (Slovenia) | Arjan Pregl (Slovenia) | Richard Priestley (United Kingdom) | Fernando Rascón (México) | Eva Räder (Germany) | Alexandra Reiss (South Africa) | Tanja Rochelmeyer (Germany) | Anke Röhrscheid (Germany) | Römer + Römer (Germany Russia) | Jenny Rosemeyer (Germany) | Dennis Rudolph (Germany) | Ruth Sacks (South Africa) | Maik Schierloh (Germany) | Andreas Schlaegel (Germany) | Sebastiaan Schlicher (The Netherlands) | Bettina Scholz (Germany) | Ann Schomburg (Germany) | María Jose Seañez (México) | Bettina Sellmann (Germany) | Marcus Sendlinger (Germany) | Natalija Šeruga (Slovenia) | Claudia Shneider (South Africa) | Alexander Skorobogatov (Russia) | Heidi Sill (Germany) | Katarina Sočan (Slovenia) | Miha Štrukelj (Slovenia) | Linda Stupart (South Africa) | Simona Šuc (Slovenia) | Gayatri Subramanian (India) | Nina Šulin (Slovenia) | Ernie Luley Superstar (Germany) | Karuna Tank (India) | Alex Tennigkeit (Germany) | Amalia Theodorakopoulos (Greece) | Peter Thol (Germany) | Žiga Tomori (Slovenia) | Klaus-Martin Treder (Germany) | Luka Uršič (Slovenia) | Simone van de Loo (Germany) | C. van Eeden (South Africa) | Jaco van Schalkwyk (South Africa) | Tamzyn Varney (South Africa) | Alvaro Verduzco (México) | Urša Vidic (Slovenia) | Christoph von Löw (Germany) | Rachel von Morgenstern (Germany) | Grant Vetter (U.S.A.) | Sašo Vrabič (Slovenia) | Maik Wolf (Germany) | Renate Wolff (Germany) | Michael Wutz (Germany) | Ed Young (South Africa) | Phillip Zaiser (Germany) | Frank-Michael Zeidler (Germany) | Thomas Zipp (Germany).

  • A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance

    Fine Art Complex 1101 is proud to present A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance

    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th 7-9:30pm.

    PRESS RELEASE: A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance is an exhibition that examines the many ways that we are watched, surveilled, datamined, and placed within an over-determined system of social control that relies on the multiplication of mechanisms of “capture”. Whether we are capturing ourselves in selfies, tagging our locations, using GPS supported apps for directions, or just passing through the expanded techniques associated with “societies of surveillance”, we must admit that we have entered a new age.
    Resembling a hybrid vision of the imagined futures of Huxley and Orwell, it seems that we have been lulled into a kind of somatic state of passive acceptance to the growing infrastructures of both physical discipline and neo-panoptic power, i.e., the mechanisms associated with self-regulating techniques. As these networks continue to grow and reinforce the corporatization of mass incarceration, the ease-of-use associated with drone warfare and the militarization of policing practices, we find ourselves entering a new period of governance often referred to as the exercise of “Imperial Democracy”.

    The artists in this show investigate both the transitive and intransitive meanings of the word “record.” This includes addressing the greater weight that now is given to practices of prescriptive profiling, predictive analytics, facial recognition software and the ever-expanding digital dossiers of big data. Each artist gives us their own unique response to the New World that we all must Brave less we become not just subjects who routinely internalize the conscriptions of state power, but rather, who are pictured as a growing statistical multitude that has simply forgotten not to collude in our own coercion.

    Artists in the show: Julie Anand, Christine Cassano, Adrian Jenik, Denis Gilllingwater, Steve Hampton, Ben Jackel, Brian Thomas Jones, Nathaniel Lewis, Ty Pownall, Sean Noyce, Rembrandt Quiballo, Chris Vena, Jennifer Celio.

  • Road Trip(ping): Psychogeografik

    PRESS RELEASE: Fine Art Complex 1101 is proud to present Road Trip(ping) and Psychogeografik, a two part show taking place in Tempe and Germany in 2019. A special thank you to Marcus Sendlinger at RAE Space for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Germany, and the Poolhaus-Blankenese foundation, Hamburg, Germany, for supporting all the hard work going into this international exchange! 
    First venue: Road Trip(ping, Fine Art Complex 1101Opening Reception: Feb 16th, 2019Show runs: Feb 16-Feb 22nd 
    Second venue: Psychogeografik, RAE space for contemporary art Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, Opening Reception: Saturday May 4th.Show runs: May 4th-19th

    Road Trip(ping) / The Psychogeografik
    “Whereas the beat generation went out on the road, and the counter-culture went tripping on inner experience… it’s most likely going to be the growing changes in the earth that might ‘trip’ the final counter-culture revolution; the revolution of the earth against our culture.” - Timothy Leary

    The road trip is psychogeography. Detournment has become Destination Art. Global commerce is the horizon against which art production must now contend. Psychogeografik is the technique for rending these realities visible. We are a generation of defacto-Debordians.

    But what can help us to get a sense of how this is the case today? Whether through the play of simultaneity and symbol in the art of Rossitza L. Todorova; the deconstructed images of local and global forces in the works of Estrella Payton; the mixture of free association journaling and digital mapping in the works of Lillian Morrissey; the haunting records of geographic erosion by Jonathan Marquis; the space that political memory marks out in the real-time imagery of Conor Elliott Fitzgerald; the conflict between constructed and naturalistic spaces in the multi-media works of Travis Ivey; the subtle sense of private narratives accorded to suburban life in the paintings of Cam DeCaussin; the fusion of figure and environment in the works of Abbey Messmer; the juxtaposition of the figural against the infinite horizons of our life-world in the works of Megan Berner; and the repurposing of waste as a new kind of socio-politico aesthetic in the imagery of Emily Ritter; we find that all of these works are implicated in the new logic of psychogeografik experience. It is the diversity of these kinds of artistic investigations that this "call and response" edition of Road Trip: Psychogeografik attempts to map.

    What we can say is that wherever the mind and an expanded definition of place intersect --- or aesthetics and the expanded field of site-specificity collide --- we find the valences of the psychografik at work. In this case, the grafik here refers to the repurposing of memes, themes and dreams, while the psychological refers to the collective, the ecological and the political unconscious. Between the two terms, (psycho/grafik), stands what remains of our subjectivity, like a terse line that can no longer properly demarcate the thought-image of space from the affective feeling of habitation. As such, the psychogeografik is something of a strategy that splits the difference, making our current socio-psychological realities visible while asking questions about the future of how our psychology will fare against the changing conditions of the geosphere writ large. 
    Artists in the show: Marcus Sendlinger, Rossitza Todorova, Estrella Payton, Jonathan Marquis, Conor Elliott Fitzgerald, Emily Ritter, Travis Ivey, Cam DeCaussin, Abbey Messmer, Megan Berner, and Lilian Morrissey.

  • Expulsion: Painting as Proxy Act and Action


    One can be expelled for plagiarism, for breaking rules, for unusual behavior and for nearly anything that the reigning authorities find contemptible. In the art world this could be critics, institutions, or the general public. Even painting itself became an object of contempt during the 60s and 70s when it was largely declared to be a "dead" medium. Its most recent rap on the knuckles came in the wake of zombie formalism, when the artworld decided that a certain kind of made-to-order, or made-too-easily formalism, came to prominence in the marketplace almost overnight due to the precarious practice of "art-flipping" --- something that was a highly speculative practice at best. This school of "drop-cloth" abstraction was quickly expelled from any place of enduring relevance in what was the largest quantifiable loss of auction house value in the early 21st century. It constituted nothing short of a radical expulsion of value, form, and gesture (mis)taken for content. 

    Nevertheless, painting has continued on in different states, re-inventing itself with each new decade, usually under the guise of so many “returns”, be it under the moniker of "a return to figuration", "a return of the real", "a return of beauty", etc. Or, sometimes painting sneaks into the limelight through the auspicious use of so many neo’s, such as neo-dada, neo-expressionism, neo-geo, etc. But what continues to define painting beyond these various programs and strategies is the many different ways that it can be both an object by proxy, creating other realities into which the imagination can venture, or that it's surfaces can rely on creating an impact on the viewer through acts or actions, placing a decided emphasis on paintings tactile and affective qualities in order to elicit a response. It goes without saying that much of the best painting today and historically, is often some amalgam of these two approaches.



    Nevertheless, it is between these two poles that the debate about painting --- both figurative and abstract --- has continued on for more than a century, with one side favoring the optical qualities of the medium while other side favors painting's potential to act on our senses as a uniquely haptic experience. For most of the 20th century, being in one camp or the other could result in being expelled from the reigning zeitgeist. The figures that worked in the inbetween spaces however, like Phillip Guston, Joan Brown and Lydia Benglis, all ran the risk of having their career run out of town by the critics at one time or another, or simply exiled from relevance and cannoization forever. It's no exaggeration to say that, at certian times in the past, there have been artists who found themselves living under the constant threat of expulsion because of a dramatic shift in content or method. 

    Eventually this ethos broke however, and painting was expelled from the dictates of "high modernism" and the equally critical era of "high theory" that punctuated the end of postmodernism. Painting today continues to flourish by way of its alliance to a kind of permanent disobedience. In fact, a short list of expulsions is the only thing that gives us a sense of the space of painting's changing commitments: first, painting was expelled from "standard formats" at the end of modernism; than it was thrown out from "the wall" during much of postmodernism, often spilling out onto the flooring and pushing up against institutional confines; with the passing of time, painting even ventured further away from purely painterly qualities vis-a-via the many sculptural propositions that were incorporated into painting practices during late postmodernism; and finally, painting was expelled from the strict confines of "medium specificity" to freely mix with other genres; and so painting began to venture out into the world at large through site-specific projects, hyper-textual references, and cross-disciplinary practices during the contemporary period, i.e., the era of high pluralism. This is the short history of paintings violations, infractions, and revolutions, all of which have no implicit teleology save a vast and growing diversity of memes and themes. 



    As a result of this short genealogy of painting in the expanded field, we can say that painting takes its place in the world as an object of emblematic identifications unknown. It is that sublime endeavor which stopped serving the academy so long ago that it barley knows how to identify with authority, despite what many critics might have you believe. Painting no longer courts the term “high art” anymore than its competing genres, and it is rarely accompanied by manifesto’s, the establishment of new ism’s, or even a foundational sense of the supposed limits of the medium. If anything, painting is now a thoroughly delimited object of inquiry.

    Another way of saying the same thing is that painting has finally been thrown out of the artworld so many times, that its status might best be described as a series of repeated “expulsions” from different critical frameworks and epistemes, and it might be that this rather vexed state of affairs is actually what gives painting an enduring purchase in the present. Thus, the works on display in Expulsion: Painting as Proxy Act and Action are not visual expositions in any traditional sense, but rather, they play with the notion of an "aesthetic of explusion" that might best be defined as what circumscribes the ever expanding world of sense-making after paintings many misadventures in 19th and 20th centuries.

    Artists in the Show: Michael Diaz, Chris Kuhn, Caroline Hubbell, Ryan Eckert, Megan Johnson, Thomas Knight, Larry Madrigal, Brandi Read, Chloe Torri, Mary Williams, Lester Monzon, Rema Ghuloum, Sarah Awad and Jacob Melchi.

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